With the Government pledging to fix Britain's "broken housing market", and unveiling plans to build thousands of new homes in the places where people want to live, the housing shortage in the West Midlands should surely be a key focus.
Figures show that about 60% of new homes are currently being built by just 10 large building companies, but now the government is creating a £3 billion fund to provide loans to help small firms build more than 25,000 new homes by 2020, and up to 225,000 in the long-term.
In the meantime, the housing shortage in the West Midlands continues, although summer 2017 looks set to bring a flurry of brand new developments to the region that will appeal to a wide range of buyers – from downsizers and first time buyers to large families requiring more space.
Our latest round-up includes several that are available now and others that will be launched this summer.
The Ashburtons in Kings Heath, Birmingham (Damson Homes)
One development arriving early this summer is The Ashburtons, which will provide a choice of luxury three-bedroom town houses and one- and two-bedroom apartments featuring Damson's award-winning specification.
Situated within easy reach of the A435 (Alcester Road) and the centre of Kings Heath, The Ashburtons is also less than six miles from the centre of Birmingham. It is home to several schools for all ages, two popular parks, and its own shopping area running along High Street and Alcester Road, which offers a mix of high street chains, pubs and supermarkets. The interiors at this development will include a high specification, such as luxury flooring, designer kitchens, plush bathrooms, and modern open-plan living areas - plus there will be designated parking, guest parking and communal landscaped gardens.
Prices: From: £129,000.
The Oaks in Selly Oak, Birmingham (Persimmon Homes)
Available now in this centrally-located residential area are both contemporary and traditionally-styled two-, three- and four-bedroom houses, while in the future there will also be a release of one-bedroom flats.
In the suburb of Selly Oak, just a 15-minute drive from Birmingham city centre, this development will deliver 48 brand new homes at the heart of a redevelopment area, with superb transport links close by via the M5, A38, A441 and Selly Oak train station. For families with children there is a great selection of schools nearby, and Selly Oak High Street is home to a large choice of shops and other amenities such as a post office and a pharmacy.
The conservation area of Bournville Village is right next to the development, offering open space and parkland, while just over half a mile away is the Green Flag Award-holding Selly Oak Park.
Prices: Starting from £170,996.
Find out more about The Oaks from Persimmon Homes
Lime Court in Edgbaston, Birmingham (Damson Homes)
Another brand new development from Damson Homes will arrive in the region this summer, made up of just 14 luxury, two-bedroom executive-style apartments in the popular Birmingham suburb of Edgbaston – within easy reach of the city centre.
These modern apartments will feature Damson's signature, award-winning specification and will be available to purchase with the government’s Help to Buy purchase assistance scheme. Each home will incorporate modern, open-plan living areas with an entertainment centre; designer kitchens with fitted NEFF appliances; luxury flooring such as wood, deep-pile carpet, and LVT; gas-fired central heating; bedrooms with fitted wardrobes; luxury bathrooms; and en-Suites in selected plots. There will also be designated parking, a security entrance system and landscaped gardens for all residents to enjoy.
Prices: From £174,500.
To find out more visit damsonhomes.net or call 0121 709 0539.
Amington Garden Village in Tamworth, Staffordshire (Redrow Homes)
In Staffordshire, new homes are coming soon to Tamworth – once the capital of the ancient kingdom of Mercia, which today is a large and lively Midlands town with superb links right across the region. It has grown into the second largest settlement in the county after Stoke-on-Trent, and is only about 14 miles away from Birmingham.
The development will be situated just east of Tamworth, only three miles from the town centre and its many shopping and leisure options. There are 27 primary schools and five secondary schools spread across the town, making it a great option for families, and there are several popular universities only a short distance away for older students, such as Birmingham and Aston, for those who want to continue to live at home to save money.
The A5, the M42 and the M6 Toll are all within easy striking distance of Amington Garden Village, which also makes the development appealing to commuters.
Prices: To be announced.
Register your interest to receive updates at www.redrow.co.uk, or call 01827 780462.
Abbey Gate in Redditch, Worcestershire (David Wilson Homes)
This semi-rural development is situated on the outskirts of Redditch in north-east Worcestershire, about 15 miles south of Birmingham. Due for release this summer, Abbey Gate will incorporate a collection of two-, three- and four-bedroom homes in a quiet spot that is well-suited to many professional couples and growing families. There is plenty of green, open space around, and there will also be a children's play area.
The town centre is only a few miles away, and other conveniences are close by: there's a Tesco superstore just a mile away, for starters, and the Kingfisher Shopping Centre is three miles away. The town's railway station has regular services to Birmingham and other destinations; there's an extensive network of local bus services; and the M42 motorway is close by – while dual carriageways and A-class roads provide links to surrounding towns such as Evesham and Bromsgrove.
Prices: To be announced.
Find out more at www.dwh.co.uk or call 08448113322.
Brooklands, Stoke-on-Trent (Bloor Homes)
This collection of two, three and four-bedroom homes in Stoke-on-Trent is perfect for families, professionals and downsizers alike.
Located just a mile north of the potteries town of Tunstall, Brooklands benefits from a picturesque green setting, with beautiful views and pleasant walkways nearby.
Buyers here will have a wide range of amenities on their doorstep, with pubs and restaurants within easy walking distance, and several nurseries, schools and colleges close by.
The Grade 2 listed Victoria Park is just a short stroll south of the development, while Sandyford Cricket Club is also located nearby. The development is well-served by a number of bus routes and has good links to the A500, A50 and M6, making it ideal for commuters.
The homes at Brooklands offer the very best in contemporary family living, with spacious open plan layouts, high specifications and top quality finishes.
Priced from £152,500
For more information visit www.bloorhomes.com.